I was recently trying to figure out how I can get through some of my yarn stash, and while thinking about stash busting, I was inspired by a new collection of yarns we received. This inspiration came from Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in metallics. It seems that shimmer and sequins are trending this Fall/Winter season, and I wanted to add a sparkly piece of knitwear to my repertoire as well.
As much as I love the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in metallics, I wanted a shimmery accessory in a lighter weight yarn so I could wear it during transitional times. My "A-ha!" moment came when I came across the Moonstone shade of Vanna’s Glamour that was sitting in my bin, and the Fawn Heather shade of LB Collection Baby Alpaca; this combination was perfect!
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As the holidays drew nearer, Kelloggs (my pet bunny) decided he wanted to ring in the season with style, so I made him this festive sweater! For this sweater I used Vanna's Glamour® yarn in red and Jamie® yarn in white. Although not all pets are as keen to dress up, the technique I used to monogram his initial onto the sweater can be used on any knit project. The "K" is embroidered with a tapestry needle instead of using color-work. There are three reasons that you would use this technique:
Embroidering will make your design stand out more, since it is more 3-dimensional
You can create detail with back stitching that you can't with color-work
You can do it once the project is finished. This way you can spice up a project you have already finished or personalize a store-bought knit garment.
Hint: the yarn you use for your monogram doesn't need to be the same type as the yarn used for the rest of the project, but it MUST be the same weight.
When you're making a sweater for yourself or someone else, it's important to take a few things into consideration. You'll want to make sure to select a shape that suits you (or the recipient), the right size, and you'll want to make sure that you've got gauge. Here are a couple of articles from LionBrand.com and the Lion Brand Notebook that will help you on your way:
Want a Bigger Garment? Use a Thicker Yarn: You've mastered the above techniques...but you've found a pattern that comes in measurements that aren't quite right for your needs. Find out how a different weight of yarn can come to the rescue!